I led yet another tour for TVP Adventures and this time we Visited Badagry! Badagry which is close to the Famous Seme Border plays a huge role in the history of the Slave Trade in Nigeria.
On arrival, we were welcomed by our Amazing Tour Guide(Mr. Cornerstone) and our first stop was to Seriki Ifaremilekun Williams Abass Slave Museum (Brazilian Baracoon ). Seriki Faremi was sold into slavery as a child who was taught to read and write in Brazil but later returned and became a slave trader. The Brazillian Baracoon is made up of tiny 40 slave cells where slaves were packed in inhumane conditions.
Presently, descendants of this man live in the compound of the museum although the government has plans to turn the entire place into a museum. Inside the Brazilian Barcoons, we were shown items that were used in the slave trade period some of which were used in exchange for slaves. One of which struck my attention the most was the Canon Gun which was exchanged for about 100 slaves.
Our Tour guide showed us an Old umbrella which was used back then and it was given to the people in exchange for 40 slaves. We also saw ceramic bowls, chains and a host of other items therein.Learn about Slave History in Badagry! Click To Tweet
Our next stop was to the Mobee Royal Family Museum which also holds history of Slavery through a Prominent Slave Trader known as Chief Sunbu Mobee.
The tour guide here showed us the noisemakers that were used to announce the arrival of the chief which was only sounded by women, cowries used, the drinking well of slaves and we were also shown chains that were put around the neck of the slaves(one of us tried to put it on and it was sure heavy). They even had chains for the babies.
After leaving the Mobee Museum, we visited the First Storey Building in Nigeria. If you went to school in Nigeria, you must have been taught in Social Studies about this Building which was built in 1845. Here, the tour guide showed us the First Bible that was translated to Yoruba by Ajayi Crowther, the first Bank in Nigeria and the currencies used then, images of the first school in Nigeria amongst others. We also saw the room of the first teacher in Nigeria, learned about how Christianity came to Nigeria, saw an image of the first Christmas that was celebrated as well as the first primary school in Nigeria.
Did you know that there is a 103 years old Chair in Badagry? Find out Here! Click To Tweet
From here we took a boat and this time we went to the Badagry Point of no return where our forefathers walked along the route to an unknown destination to them. The walk lasted for about 20minutes.
After the long walk, we got to the very beautiful beach which took my breath away for a moment especially with how the coconut palm trees were arranged. We took pictures here and headed back! On our way back, I bought a small but cute Coconut Bag (A trip is never complete for me without patronizing the locals)
Our last and final stop for the day was to the Badagry Heritage Museum before we left Badagry!Places to Visit in Badagry! Click To Tweet
History is surely so amazing and I learnt a whole lot during my visit. If you have not been to Badagry before, join me and the TVP Team for the next tour to Badagry, you can find all the details here.
Have you been to Badagry before? What was your experience like? If you have not, has this post inspired you to want to visit Badagry soon? I would love to hear from you in the comments section, please!!
P.S: All pictures by Okhai
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